Q. Tell me about Lyme disease. I’m spending the summer with my gram. She nags me about it every day. Something about ticks. You may ask why I didn’t just Google about it. Because we’re in the middle of nowhere, that’s why! You can’t get a signal out here to save your soul! That’s why I sent this to you the old-fashioned way, in a letter. This is the longest summer of my life. I think I’ll die of boredom.
Mary Jo’s response: I enjoyed receiving your old-fashioned letter. You seem to be a spirited person. Please don’t die of boredom.
Your gram is offering you a priceless gift. Time spent with her will give you memories to last a lifetime. She’s already influencing you – I don’t know many people your age who use the phrase “save your soul.” Some of my best life lessons were learned from my Nonnie – my grandma. I miss her. If you open your mind to spending the summer with a person who loves you enough to “nag” you about a dangerous disease, you may find yourself a better person this fall.
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), Lyme disease is indeed spread through the bite of an infected blacklegged tick. It is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi.